Charm, convenience and fabulous neighbors – if these top your home shopping wish list, get to Willow Glen in San Jose. Here, you’ll find a bona fide Main Street downtown area, tree-lined streets and neighborhood block parties.
Willow Glen’s Appeal
Located in central San Jose, Willow Glen is one of Silicon Valley’s most popular communities. It dates back to the mid-1800s and was, at that time, considered independent of San Jose.
To forestall a proposed railway line down Lincoln Avenue, Willow Glen became a city in 1927. Lacking services, such as sewage, and lacking the desire to go to the expense of creating a city sewage system, residents later agreed (although the vote was quite close) to allow the city to be annexed by San Jose.
Schools in Willow Glen
When you buy a home in Willow Glen, your public-school student will attend classes in schools administered by the San Jose Unified School District. The schools located in and around Willow Glen are considered some of the best and the district claims an 86 percent graduation rate.
Booksin Elementary School ranks better than 91.5 percent of all California public elementary schools and Willow Glen Elementary is a recipient of the California Distinguished School award. Both schools are located in Willow Glen.
Prefer private school for your child? Willow Glen is home to several, including Catholic schools, such as Presentation High (a girls’ college preparatory school with a 100 percent graduation rate) and Saint Christopher Elementary.
Monticello Academy and Carden Day School are among the other local private schools.
Once they graduate, your children can stay close to home during their post-secondary studies by attending San Jose City College, located just outside Willow Glen’s borders.
Where to Shop, Dine and get Outdoors in Willow Glen
There are many things that make Willow Glen unique and one of those is its former city status. Because of this, the community has what is lacking in many of San Jose’s suburbs – a downtown area. Not only does it lend to the area’s small-town vibe, but it offers residents some popular amenities.
Here, you’ll find your neighbors sipping a latte at a sidewalk café, buying fresh produce at the Saturday farmers market or shopping among the many locally-owned boutiques.
Annual events in Willow Glen draw not only locals, but residents of surrounding communities as well. Some of these include:
• Willow Glen Beer Walk
• Willow Glen Wine Walk
• Dancin’ on the Avenue
• Founders Day Parade
• BBQ in the Glen
• Trick-or-Treat on the Avenue
• Ladies Night Out
• Paws on the Avenue
• Cable Car Rides at Christmas
When you buy a home in Willow Glen you don’t have far to go to get outdoors. River Glen Park offers fun play equipment for kids, volleyball, basketball and tennis courts plus horseshoe pits for the grownups.
Or, head to Willow Street Frank Bramhall Park, which offers two playgrounds (one for children ages 2 through 5 and another for ages 6 through 12), two unlighted softball fields, two basketball courts and six unlighted tennis courts.
Willow Glen Real Estate
Willow Glen’s housing stock is diverse, with a selection of vintage homes built between 1939 and 1969, although the average construction date range of a home in Willow Glen is in the 1970s.
California bungalows dominate, but you’ll also find Victorians and ranchers from the 50s as well.
Real estate prices fluctuate, and home prices in Willow Glen typically range from around $700,000 to around $3.7 million.
Feel free to reach out to us if you’d like up-to-the minute home prices for the current inventory of homes for sale in Willow Glen.
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